It took some late-game heroics from Klay Thompson, and overtime session, but the Golden State Warriors earned their franchise-record 68th regular season win Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.
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Stephen Curry scored a game-high 31 points for the Dubs, who held on for a 103-96 win against the scrappy Utah Jazz (who fell into a tie with the Houston Rockets for the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference playoff race.)
The defending NBA champions need to win five of their last seven games to top the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ historic 72-10 record.
Per the AP:
“They are amazing. Nothing went our way really for most of the night,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They kept fighting. We always compete, that is the great thing about this team. That is why we have this record and our guys compete every night. I love our competitive spirit. No matter what our record ends up, it almost doesn’t matter. It is just an incredible display of competition and fight night after night.”
Klay Thompson hit the tying 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining in regulation after an offensive rebound and kick-out from Shaun Livingston after Thompson missed the previous attempt. […] Curry took over with his burst that gave the Warriors a 99-93 lead. He then took a charge on Gordon Hayward with 1:21 left before setting up Draymond Green’s dunk on the ensuing possession to put away the game.
“That is playoff-style basketball right there and to come out with a win when you play probably a C game, that says a lot about our team,” Green said. “(The record) is something we want to do, we’ve spoken on this. It is no secret. It will be a cool thing to do, but we have to worry about getting better each and every night. I think if we worry about that the wins will take care of themselves.”